Concrete lawn ornaments can add year-round beauty and curb appeal to any home’s exterior. Instead of purchasing lawn ornaments from the store, save money by making your own with homemade or store-bought moulds. QUIKRETE Crack Resistant Concrete for lawn ornaments is durable in all climates. Tiny fibres within the mix reduce drying time, shrinkage and cracking. With moulds and some QUIKRETE, you can make fountains, benches, statues, planters or create your own original artwork that you can be proud of.
Things you need
- QUIKRETE Crack Resistant Concrete
- Mineral oil or spray lubricant
- Bucket or wheelbarrow
- Sandpaper or wire brush
- Chicken wire
- Wire cutters
Determine how many bags of concrete you need by placing the approximate dimensions of your mould in the online QUIKRETE Quantity Calculator.
Choose a convenient location in your yard or workshop, preferably near a water source, to work on your project. For large projects, work close to the final resting place of your lawn ornament so that you will not have to carry the finished product far.
Coat the inside of your mould with a spray lubricant or mineral oil.
Cut a piece of chicken wire with wire cutters to span the length of your mould. Insert it in the centre of your mould, so that it is not poking out anywhere, to help reinforce the concrete. It is not necessary to use chicken wire for projects under 4 inches in thickness.
Mix your QUIKRETE in a large bucket or a wheel barrel, according to package directions. Add concrete colour if desired.
Pour or shovel a small amount of concrete mix into your mould. Vibrate or shake your mould to thoroughly settle the concrete mix and remove all air bubbles. Continue filling and vibrating until your mould is full.
Allow the concrete to cure in your mould outside under a shelter for 24 hours. For projects thicker than 4 inches, wait 48 hours.
Remove your concrete creation from the mould. Depending on which type of mould you are using, peel off your rubber mould, remove your wooden form, or turn over your flat bottom mould and allow the hardened concrete to slide out.
Scuff off raised rough spots from your lawn ornament using rough sandpaper or a wire brush.
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